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Old 04-22-2017, 12:05 AM
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66 F250 4x4

It's finally mine! I just picked up a 66 F250 4x4 that I have been looking at for a few years now. It's a 4 speed and I have a million questions for you guys. The first one I will start with is why are my pictures upside down? I can't figure out how to fix them.
 
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Old 04-22-2017, 05:14 AM
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Don't know maybe liteweight between the ears.


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Old 04-22-2017, 11:57 AM
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Try hitting the "rotate" key in the view tab before saving the picture.

Nice 4x4 ya got there. Are you going to retain the flat bad or change it out?
 
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Old 04-22-2017, 03:08 PM
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Well worth the wait, that be 1 mitty fine truck and a heck of a work horse!!
 
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It looks like Jowilker successfully imported it from Australia.
 
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Old 04-22-2017, 10:21 PM
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I did try hitting rotate before I downloaded them. It flipped the picture but once I posted it was still upside down. maybe it was just something wrong with those pictures or with my computer. I'll try some other ones when I take more.

I'm not sure if I'm gonna keep the flatbed or not. I never really liked flatbeds but this one is growing on me. I like it because it dumps. It's got a PTO that runs it. Makes it easy to work on the frame. Then when I'm done for the day I put the bed down and it's a full truck again. Maybe I will change it one day.

What's everybodys opinion of the bed. Do you like it or not? Everybody asks if i'm going to keep it like it looks hideous. I think you are the third one to ask me that.

Today I started doing a tune up. Ended up running around looking for parts all day. How dare they not stock parts for a 1966 truck! So tomorrow it will be back to putting some new blood in the old girl. I got a fuel filter for it and then realized I think I have 2. I have one inline by the carb and I think another on the bottom of the fuel pump. I have a 352 v8. Is there anything I should watch out for when replacing the one on the bottom of the fuel pump? Will it prime itself after changed. Should I fill the cup that holds it up with gas before installing it? Kinda like you do with an oil filter or is it ok to install dry and let the pump do the work? Is the gas goin to drain from my tank when I go to replace it?

I'm also thinking I might need a new clutch or an adjustment. It has a 4 speed on the floor. The truck is hard to get into first and reverse. Sometimes you need to shut it off first, put in gear and then turn it back on. If I start the truck with it in gear but the clutch depressed the truck will move ever so slightly like the clutch is grabbing just a little. Is there some way to adjust the clutch in the truck or does it sound like I need a new one? It shifts fine once you get going.

I really love my new truck and want to make it as nice as I can. It looks better in pictures than it does close up because it is an older restoration. I want to get it to the point where it looks good close up too. Hopefully with the help of everyone here I will.
 
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Old 04-23-2017, 07:46 AM
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I'm planning on doing the thermostat later today. It didn't come with a gasket. Is there a gasket I can get or just use Permatex RTV or something like that?
 
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Old 04-23-2017, 08:24 AM
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I'm planning on doing the thermostat later today. It didn't come with a gasket. Is there a gasket I can get or just use Permatex RTV or something like that?
The 1965/66 F100/350 352 thermostat is 2 1/2" diameter, 1967/76 thermostat is 2 1/8" diameter.

Most auto parts stores computers do not have the larger thermostat listed, you have to get the parts guys to look in their paper parts catalogs, usually stashed under the counter.
 
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Old 04-23-2017, 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted by rizob01 View Post

I'm not sure if I'm gonna keep the flatbed or not. I never really liked flatbeds but this one is growing on me. I like it because it dumps. It's got a PTO that runs it. Makes it easy to work on the frame. Then when I'm done for the day I put the bed down and it's a full truck again. Maybe I will change it one day.

What's everybodys opinion of the bed. Do you like it or not? Everybody asks if i'm going to keep it like it looks hideous. I think you are the third one to ask me that.
I not a fan of flat beds either but I don't think they look too bad. Living on a farm I can see where a flat bed would be handy especially a dump bed. If it's factory original (kinda doubt it is) I'd definitely keep it and probably would anyway since it's a dump bed.
My opinion you're gonna need some taller tires, I've got 33"s on my 63 4x4 and like them real well.
 
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Old 04-23-2017, 09:29 AM
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Someone had a flat bed and they finished the wood (stain and varnish) the way people do with the wood bed slats. They also stair stepped the rails going towards the rear. It looked sharp.
 
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Old 04-23-2017, 09:37 AM
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I'm gonna have to measure the thermostat before I put it in. Good call. Thanks. I'm getting ready to do that now
. I think I'll keep the flatbed for a long time and maybe forever. Just because its already there. It's definitely not factory. I bought the truck off a tree guy and the wood is oak that came from a tree he cut down. It needs to be cleaned and finished and it could probably look brand new. I'm also thinking about using it as advertisement for my plumbing business I'll be opening when I get my license. I could put signs on the side or possibly do something right on the wood.
The truck got a partial not so good restoration and then just sat in the woods behind my house. It made me sick seeing it back there. I'm going to get different tires. I want to drive it so I'm thinking about how to upgrade it so it steers, rides and stops better. I'm not to concerned about keeping it original. Enough has been changed already.

I'll try to get more pictures today since it finally stopped raining.
 
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Old 04-23-2017, 09:39 AM
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I was thinking stair stepping the back might look good too.
 
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IMO, I like the truck as is, stake bed and all. It's a F250 4x4, not what I would consider a daily commute truck but rather a work horse; unless intend displaying the truck for show, I suggest focus on getting it mechanically sound, make cosmetic repairs if so desire; meantime, drive the truck while deciding what, if any, upgrades or improvements are required.
 
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Rizob01 - Can you post a picture of your warranty plate? I'll add this one to my list. I have about 24 1966 F250 4x4's so far.

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Old 04-25-2017, 08:47 PM
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I got some work done this weekend. Changed the oil, oil filter, radiator hoses, flushed radiator, 2 fuel filters, distributor cap, rotor, spark plug wires, spark plugs, coil and a new battery. Gave her some new gas and antifreeze and it's running a lot better. The truck has been sitting for a while so I had to get the juices flowing again.
I was worried I bought a truck with a shot clutch and would need to pull the trans but after posting on here I took your advice and tried adjusting the clutch linkage. 10 minutes later and it shifts like a new 1966 truck. That made me very happy! Now I can drive it while I'm working on it. Eventually the engine and trans will be pulled but I didn't want it to be the first day. Now I can focus on making it more drivable. Brakes and suspension will probably be next.

I think I figured out how to post pictures that aren't upside down. lets try it.
 
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